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Eddie Redmayne 'felt sorry' for Prince William during their college days


Before Eddie Redmayne started schmoozing with Hollywood’selite, he was palling around with none other than Prince William.

Eddie has worked with Angelina Jolie and Julianne Moore

The Golden Globe winner opened up to Glamour just ahead ofthe awards season and chatted about his school days with the 32-year-old royal. “We were onthe same rugby team at Eton College,” Eddie told the magazine. “He’s a wonderfulman.”

He continued, "I always felt slightly sorry for him because everyonewanted to tackle the future king of England. He took all the hits.”

The London-based star and William were in the same year atEton — the prestigious boarding school in Berkshire where Prince Harry alsoattended.

William pictured playing rugby at school in 2000

Eddie, 33, went on to study history of art at Cambridge whileWilliam studied geography at St. Andrews.

The Theory of Everything star is now making his own wavesfor his performance in the biographical movie. He earned a Golden Globe for best actor on Sundayand is nominated for BAFTA and SAG awards.

The recently married actor (he married Hannah Bagshawe in December) had his eye on the role andsucceeded. “I chased it pretty hard,” he said. “I called [the director] James[Marsh] and we met in London. He drank a few coffees; I downed a few pints. As Igot more tipsy, I got more effusive about my desire to play this part.”

The history buff added, “I had no idea that there was suchan astounding story behind [Stephen] Hawking.”

We can only assume Prince William is cheering on his schoolbuddy this awards season!

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